Elimination Interview: Hamish
Date: Tuesday, 6 March 2012
The new and improved Hamish opens up about finding himself and love on his Biggest Loser Singles journey.
Of the contestants in this year’s competition one of the most eventful journeys belongs to Hamish, who leaves Camp Biggest Loser having not only found himself, but also love.
The last member of the Blues to be Eliminated, Hamish thinks ‘team’ might be too charitable a description of Shannan’s troops. “It was more like the Ryan Team, the James Team, the Luke Team and the Hamish Team,” he laughs, candidly admitting that the Under 30s males seldom gelled as a unit. “It was definitely difficult after Luke left having to face these other teams as a one-man army, but on the other hand it was good as it gave me a chance to bond with Shannan.”
Hamish had certainly endured a rocky relationship with his trainer, who repeatedly struggled to get his charge to shift into a higher gear. Yet the final week undoubtedly showcased a different side to the 21-year-old, one of a man finally committed to changing his life, winning Shannan’s respect in the process.
“I knew I had to make myself proud, and to do that I really had to give 100%,” Hamish explains. “I needed to be happy with my efforts, so that even if I came last in every event I’d do so knowing I did a cracking job as one person against two teams of three.”
Unfortunately Hamish’s fate was sealed by his repeatedly taking Temptation to win Immunity. Although it did keep him safe in the short term, it also aggravated his peers to the point where they were just looking for an opportunity to vote him out.
Hamish is unrepentant about his chosen course of action, insisting that the most important thing is that he refused to take Temptation when it arguably mattered most. “Even though I knew I really needed Immunity if I wanted to keep my position there, I wasn’t going to take Temptation to get it. If I ended up below the Yellow Line I wanted to be proud at how far I’d come throughout the whole series. And at the end of the day, I walked out with the best thing that anyone could have and that’s a relationship.”
Hamish and Michelle’s burgeoning romance is one of the most engaging stories to emerge from The Biggest Loser Singles. It wasn’t until the White Team was banished to the bush for a week, however, that Hamish realised the true extent of his feelings. Absence, it seems, does indeed make the heart grow fonder.
“That whole week it was difficult not having Michelle there and I think at the end of the week when we both realised how much we do love each other, we were both thankful for what had happened.”
Getting straight back into the training and diet, which he insists are “going great,” Hamish now continues working towards his goal weight. Naturally he’ll be watching Michelle’s progress with interest, as well as anticipating the day when they’re reunited.
“Knowing what I left Camp Biggest Loser with, I was happy and proud,” Hamish beams. “Michelle and I both knew that at the end of it all we’d be able to enjoy the new lives ahead of us. We’re both so excited to be able to experience that relationship on the outside without the game on our shoulders.”